Shannon ridge trail hike

I took off mid week from work to hike this since according to the organizer this was his second best PNW hike and the forecast was just perfect. I had forgotten to carry my license, so I chose to drive in a fellow hiker’s car. That fellow hiker who drove us was 73 years old and another passenger in the vehicle was 72 years old. I was just amazed at their energy at this age. Except the 7 of us, there was nobody at the trailhead and for the entire hike. Few conversations among the fellow hikers were embarrassingly funny. The first stretch was gentle and then we ascended a steep section to reach the ridge from where we could see Mt Baker in all its glory. I could see the height from bottom to all the way to the top. We then entered North Cascades NP and then ascended on the Mt Shuksan climber’s trail. It had some amazing campsites en-route but without any nearby streams. We could see Baker, Shannon lake and many other mountains in the distance. We chose a spot for lunch overlooking Mt Baker and even the parking lot of Artist’s point was visible. I chose to scramble to reach a high ground but turned around mid way thinking it was not worth the risky moves. We spent quality time in the perfect weather for lunch and then traced our way back to the trailhead. I wouldn’t this was my top 3, but I would say that this was the best view I have had of Mt Baker. Activity Overview Photos and Videos smiley-write-nikhil-navali
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